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Three Local Organizing Strategies to Implement Place-Based School Integration Initiatives in a Mixed-Income Community

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2280, USA
Societies 2020, 10(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010013
Received: 11 December 2019 / Revised: 20 January 2020 / Accepted: 21 January 2020 / Published: 27 January 2020
This paper explores two policy efforts to revitalize public housing communities: education reform and HOPE VI. Chicago underwent transformation of housing and schools from 2000 to 2014. I examine school integration planning efforts of three local actors in a Chicago neighborhood and ask how do actors make integration strategies work? This research investigates how efforts to remedy existing segregation in a Chicago neighborhood combined housing and school integration efforts through a single case study approach comprised of 20 in-depth interviews. Findings show that two approaches encouraged fairness in the residential mix, but did not promote an integrated educational experience. The third approach shows how a purposeful integration strategy works as part of a place-based effort. This study provides a lens to understand ongoing local community organizing efforts supporting education reform in a Chicago neighborhood and offers lessons learned by local actors about effective approaches to address the barriers to building mixed income communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: mixed-income; community organizing; asset-based community development; implementation mixed-income; community organizing; asset-based community development; implementation
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Jackson, A. Three Local Organizing Strategies to Implement Place-Based School Integration Initiatives in a Mixed-Income Community. Societies 2020, 10, 13.

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